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Photography from south-east Asia by Jon Sanwell

A morning in Borobudur

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Along with Bagan and Angkor, central Java’s Borobudur is one of south-east Asia’s best known temples. While those first two are vast complexes that consist of many separate temples scattered over a wide area, Borobudur is a single structure, but one built on a grand scale, the largest Buddhist temple in the world.

My first sight of the temple was at sunrise from the top of nearby Setumbu hill. With hindsight, I should probably have skipped the trip up the hill and instead forked out the extra ruppiah for the sunrise ticket to the temple itself. My pictures from the hill were fairly underwhelming (so I haven’t included them here) and the best light had already gone by the time I made it to the temple at about half past six. But there were some pleasingly fluffy little white clouds in the sky, and the temple itself is beautiful enough to still be impressive in less than perfect light.

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3 Responses to “A morning in Borobudur”

  1. Alison and Don

    A wonderful collection of images Jon. Counting from the bottom up my favourites are the ninth and eleventh where in each some of the landscape is seen showing both the beautiful setting and the grandeur of the temple. I hope I get there one day.
    Alison

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  2. bluebrightly

    I too enjoyed seeing the landscape, for context, but they’re all great, and together they give one a feeling of walking through. I wonder to what degree you see the temple from the surrounding countryside, since it looks like it’s elevated. The faces have an appealing gentleness that seems different from Buddhas in other traditions.

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